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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Breslov Khasidim

Two signs of a Breslov (Lev Basar) Khasid as a follower of Rebbe Nachman.

1. Hitbodedut [spontaneous conversation with God]
2. Halakah [learning how to be a Jew]

Hitbodedut is devotion to the daily personal Holy Hour in which one enters into intimacy with Hashem. This is a separate time from set prayers it is the time to pour out one’s heart to God. This is the whole essence of Torah activated in our lives. This is living out the commandment of ‘Love of God’.

Halakah is learning how to be a better person and a better Jew. This is the fulfillment of ‘In all your ways acknowledge him’ (Proverbs). Halakah means direction or way. This is process of getting clarity. This is learning how to live out the commandment of ‘Love thy neighbour’ by observing the mitzvot.

There are five constants to Lev Basar (Heart of Flesh) Khasidic spirituality.

1. Be joyful always (simkhah)
2. Trust and know God in our life (emunah)
3. Be humble (shiflut) which is be real to oneself
4. Be simple – live in simplicity
5. Live in the Now

As a Catholic Jew who follows the teachings of my ancestor Rebbe Nachman of Breslov I try to live by these basic Breslover principles. For the Catholic Jew the Holy Hour is best done in a chapel of Eucharistic Adoration where heart is poured out to Heart. Rebbe Nachman developed his unique type of Khasidus by uniting the teachings of his great grandfather the Baal Shem Tov with that of his father-in-law's Zoharist teachings based on those of Jacob Frank.

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